Shoot­ing Suc­cess

India Today - - COVER STORY -

ADITI SINGH, 21, Shooter, Farid­abad/Chandi­garh

The Jour­ney She par­tic­i­pates in all-women ri­fle events—10m air ri­fle, 50m ri­fle 3 po­si­tions and 50m ri­fle Prone. When Aditi Singh started with air ri­fle four years ago, she got hooked to the 50m ri­fle event for it used real bul­lets. “The fas­ci­nat­ing as­pect of live bul­lets even­tu­ally laid the foun­da­tion for me to take it up in 2015 on a com­pet­i­tive ba­sis. It has now turned into my main event.”

Achieve­ments This 2016 World Cup bronze medal­ist who is a mem­ber of the Se­nior In­dian Shoot­ing Team 2017 has also par­tic­i­pated in sev­eral pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional events in Ger­many, Poland, Czech Repub­lic and Ger­many.

How it Be­gan While Singh spent her child­hood play­ing ten­nis, a chance visit to the Tugh­lak­abad shoot­ing range in Delhi changed ev­ery­thing. “I went there with my fa­ther and was in awe of the par­tic­i­pants. It was then that I re­alised that I had to hit the bull’s eye too. My fa­ther has al­ways sup­ported and en­cour­aged me. He is the one who has made a fighter out of me,” she rec­ol­lects.

The Kick Singh says that the game has helped her evolve men­tally and emo­tion­ally, and the feel­ing of rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try in­ter­na­tion­ally is un­par­al­leled.

Ready to Aim The shooter is un­der­go­ing ex­ten­sive train­ing for the up­com­ing se­lec­tion tri­als sched­uled for Au­gust this year, scores of which will be taken into ac­count be­fore fi­nal­is­ing the In­dian con­tin­gent for the Com­mon­wealth Shoot­ing Cham­pi­onship in Aus­tralia in 2018.

This sport is all about be­com­ing one with the weapon and con­trol­ling ev­ery sen­sa­tion of the body.

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